Avenatti accused of embezzling nearly $2 million Heat’s Hassan Whiteside paid ex-girlfriend

Avenatti was in deep financial distress. His Newport Beach law firm was on the brink of bankruptcy, his Seattle coffee business was starting to collapse, and authorities were dogging him for millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. Prosecutors allege the money he’d stolen from his client Johnson was gone. All the while, Avenatti was spending lavishly on sports cars, high-end watches and luxury travel.